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And we thought the Spaniards were the party culture....

And we thought the Spanish were the party culture...
Unbeknownst to us, we arrived in Amsterdam on the eve of "King's Day" - a once a year all out party. We have seen city celebrations before, but we have never witnessed an entire city let loose a collective "whoop" and for the next 18 hours never stop hard core partying. In addition to the music, food, beer and festivities, it seems King's Day also is reason for a city-wide yard sale. It literally stretched for miles. I bought some bargain sunglasses that broke 30 min later....We walked into the city center and did our best to keep up with the Dutch, but we were outclassed and needed a break by mid-afternoon. However we did walk into a cafe hoping to get a cup of coffee.....only to learn that they didn't sell coffee and never had.....something sure smelled funny though....Also must have taken a wrong turn down a street that seems to have been the ladies glass dressing rooms. If Forrest Gump had of been there he may have said...
"Stupid is as stupid does.” Or... “My mama always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get."
But all I could think of was what Jenny said "Run, Forrest! Run!”
I do have to hand it to the Dutch though... Practical laws, very friendly people, very little crime...great public transportation and 10 zillion bikes. Very little to not like here.
Last day today. One more post after this to put a bow on our thoughts and experiences.


Posted by Catnchas 08:58 Archived in Netherlands Tagged amsterdam

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Thank you for writing this excellent blog! I appreciate the effort that requires. We'll see you soon - your green house is full of starts of all varieties.

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